Georgia collector Mack Martin captured the Ruhama and Leon Hendrickson Best in Show Award during the April 26 to 29 Central States Numismatic Society 78th Anniversary Convention in Schaumburg, Ill.
His multicase exhibit titled “A Unique Collection of Georgia Certificates” included the only two $20,000 6 percent certificates known extant from six issued between Feb. 9, 1864, and Sept. 21, 1864.
The prize accompanying Martin’s top award was a 2017 American Eagle 1-ounce gold $50 bullion coin and a certificate.
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Pennsylvania collector Thomas J. Uram, president of the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists and a member of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee, took home the Jerry Lebo Peoples Choice Award for his exhibit “The Society of Medallists,” featuring a complete 129-medal set of SOM medals issued from 1930 to 1995, displayed in eight cases.
Uram received a wooden-framed 2015-S Proof set and a certificate.
The John Jay Pittman Most Educational Exhibit Award went to Mike Miller for his exhibit “Timeline of Louisville Transportation Tokens & Exonumia.”
The Joseph and Morton Stack Award for the best exhibit by a first-time CSNS exhibitor went to Matt Campbell for “The Carnegie Hero Medal.”
According to CSNS officials, a total of 38 exhibitors, including two first-timers, representing 11 states, submitted 52 competitive exhibits in displays requiring 196 cases at the convention, with three noncompetitive exhibits in 14 cases.